Rio Ferdinand has delivered a prompt but emphatic message to Manchester United’s new defensive signing, Raphael Varane. The Frenchman was unveiled on the pitch before their Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday afternoon.
Ferdinand made over 400 appearances for United between 2002 and 2014, collecting six Premier League titles along the way.
In an attempt to spur the Red Devils’ new recruit towards his club’s former glory, Ferdinand gave the simple message “Win, win win” as he met the new signing pitchside.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that the World Cup winner can do just that, and he arrives with a serious pedigree from his decade with Real Madrid.
Having completed a deal which could rise to £41million, Varane becomes the club’s second major signing of the summer after Jadon Sancho, taking their spending to well over £100m.
After completing the signing, United released the following statement: “Varane, 28, is one of the most decorated players in world football and has amassed over 19 trophies in his career so far, including four Champions Leagues, three Spanish titles and the 2018 World Cup.
“He has represented France 79 times and was part of the recent French squad at the 2020 European Championships.”
The player himself added: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.
“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.
“Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.
“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”
After finishing 12 points off champions Manchester City last campaign, the signing of Varane will aim to thrust United right back into the mix for the title.
It is sure to be a tough race, however, with the likes of City and Chelsea both investing heavily themselves.
At 28-years-old, Varane is already the finished package and is expected to slot in comfortably next to Harry Maguire in defence.
With the search for Maguire’s perfect centre-back partner a high on the club’s priority list this summer, recruiting Varane could eventually prove pivotal in fulfilling Ferdinand’s desire to “win, win, win.”